Wednesday, May 19, 2010
THURSDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA, PRIEST
THURSDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
ACTS 22:30; 23:6-11
The next day, since he wanted to know for sure what charge the Jews
were bringing, he freed Paul and gave orders for a meeting of the
chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin; then he brought Paul down and
set him in front of them. 6Now Paul was well aware that one party was
made up of Sadducees and the other of Pharisees, so he called out in
the Sanhedrin, 'Brothers, I am a Pharisee and the son of Pharisees. It
is for our hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.'
As soon as he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and
Sadducees, and the assembly was split between the two parties. For the
Sadducees say there is neither resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit,
while the Pharisees accept all three. The shouting grew louder, and
some of the scribes from the Pharisees' party stood up and protested
strongly, 'We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit has
spoken to him, or an angel?' Feeling was running high, and the
tribune, afraid that they would tear Paul to pieces, ordered his
troops to go down and haul him out and bring him into the fortress.
Next night, the Lord appeared to him and said, 'Courage! You have
borne witness for me in Jerusalem, now you must do the same in Rome.'
I pray not only for these but also for those who through their
teaching will come to believe in me. May they all be one, just as,
Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. I have given
them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me, may they be so perfected in unity that
the world will recognise that it was you who sent me and that you have
loved them as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given
me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see my glory
which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of
the world. Father, Upright One, the world has not known you, but I
have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have
made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so
that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I
may be in them.
It was another get-together night with friends when, out of nowhere,
one person asked, "What is God to you?" It may not have been a better
time and place to think how to answer this question as we all tried to
sober up and ponder on it. One shared, "God is someone up there that
we all must respect and take seriously." Another shared that God is as
close a best friend could be, knowing who and what we are from the day
we were born to all that we are about to do in life—and still loves us
and forgives us for everything. As some have gotten into a zealous
tone, should we be alarmed about our faith that there are different
notions of God, revealing that we Christians are not as unified as we
In Jesus' time, he would commune to God through priestly prayer — as
his Father. His prayer would be for the present people to be the new
holy people according to the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. Jesus
prayed for the Church, to whom he entrusted his own mission which is
to keep and proclaim the true knowledge of God and His Commandment.
Jesus also prayed for us to know God through scripture, through
persevering in prayer and joining community celebrations for this is
where the Holy Spirit will help us and bless us with the gifts of
knowledge and wisdom.
The present times are riddled with uncertainty and discord, not only
in politics but in religion as well. Let us all hold on in devoted
prayer to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and weather all odds as
the holy children of God.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
… for the personal intentions of
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dominga Siy
- Generoso Soriano
- Boying Lopez
- Eufemia Cabangbang
- Mr. Lee Kak Sin
- Dy Suan
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Nicole Suyosa
- Birthday: Cecilia Lim Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Sandra Ng & Matthew Lim Furukawa
- In Memoriam (+): Pe Teng Siu (Apr 18, 1893- May 20, 1983)+
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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